Delhi is the largest city in northern India and is officially the country's capital. The city has a population of 11 million with the metropolitan population reaching over 16 million. The city is similar in landscape to the rest of its surrounding area. It is very flat with the river Yamuna flowing on the eastern side of the city. The Aravalii Hills are in the western portion of the city. The city's history dates back to the 6th century BC and it has served as a capital for various kingdoms and empires.
The climate in the area is quite extreme, making it difficult to determine the best time to visit the area. The weather can be unbearably hot between April and June. The monsoon rains hit the city between July and September so the roads can be flooded and traffic congestion impossible to navigate. It gets surprisingly cold in December and January and fog can be extreme. Most people generally agree the best time to visit the city is either between February and March or October and November when weather is at its most pleasant.
Textile Market, Delhi, India
There are countless sights around the city. Some of the most famous include the Red Fort, Humayun's tomb, and Qutub complex. Museums in Delhi include Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Gandhi Smriti, the International Doll's Museum, the National Museum, the National Railway Museum, Nehru Memorial Museum, the Tibet House, and the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum. Monuments in Delhi include Rajpath, the India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Raj Ghat, Purana Qila, Tughlaqabad Fort, and Azaad Hind Gram. There are also countless temples and religious sights spread throughout the city.
Delhi is a large and sprawling city. It can be divided into the six districts: South Delhi, East Delhi, North Delhi, West Delhi, Central Delhi, and Old Delhi. Central Delhi is where you'll find Connaught Place and Khan Market. Old Delhi was the capital during the Mughal period and has the Kashmere Gate, Chandni Chowk, and Chawri Bazaar.
Just walking around Delhi can be an experience in and off itself. There are interesting neighborhoods that are worth exploring and the city's colors, sights, and scents all make for an adventure.
One of the best experiences in Delhi is to visit the numerous shopping areas around town. Head to the Chatta Chowk, or covered market, Connaught Place, Paharganj market, Rajouri Garden Market, or Lajpat Nagar which all offer unique experiences. Also make sure you sample a variety of different restaurants and street food stalls throughout town. Soaking up as much of India's culture as you can is really the best way to experience the city.
Food and Dining
Food in Delhi is excellent. There are restaurants for all budgets. Street food is ubiquitous and excellent. Do make sure you find a place that prepares the food fresh and uses good hygiene practices. There are great restaurants in the Bengali Market near Connaught Place. This area is particularly known for its chaat. Chaat is a North Indian street snack that is comparable to tapas. They typically involve a deep fried pastry shell that is filled with potatoes or lentils among other things.
If you're looking for a break from Indian food, there are plenty of international restaurants around Delhi. Prices and food quality may vary. There are also a wide range of fast food restaurants including McDonalds, KFC, Subway, and Pizza Hut. These can typically be found within shopping malls.
You're likely to begin or end your trip in Delhi as the city has the area's largest airport, the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Security is tight after terrorist attacks in the country, so even if you have purchased an e-ticket, you will be required to have a printed copy of the document so that you can enter the airport. These rules are taken quite seriously.
You have many options to travel around Delhi. There's a good metro system that is relatively smooth and efficient, but it can get very crowded, particularly during peak hours. Do keep an eye on your belongings as pickpockets are abundant. It is best not to carry valuables in your pockets when you travel by metro. Other options to navigate the city include rickshaws, buses, and taxis. The bus system might seem overwhelming at first but if you have access to a good map it's a great way to reach most points around the city.
It's best to approach travel in Delhi as an adventure. The traffic is horrible and chaotic and trips may take significantly longer than you expect. If you plan to take a taxi or rickshaw, negotiating the price in advance is a must, and drivers may quote a starting price that is ten times the going rate.
Choosing a Hotels
By backpackguru on Nov 1, 2011 in Accommodation
If you're a backpacker, you likely show up in places without reservations all the time. Delhi is one place you might consider booking in advance. It's a large, chaotic city, and while you can negotiate hard and get the best price, it's convenient to know exactly where you're headed when you first get there, particularly if you're arriving on a long flight. Taxis from the airport have a set price if you arrange inside the airport. Don't go with any taxi not officially marked.
When you depart from the Delhi airport, you must have a copy of you ticket, even if it's an e-ticket. Security is understandably tight, and guards require prove that you're booked on a flight before they let you enter the airport.
Kerala: Paradise of south India
By Kerala Holidays on Jul 27, 2012
Kerala is an important tourist destination in India; known as the God's own country. The backwaters, beaches, Ayurveda tourism , tropical greenery and beautiful hill stations are the major attractions of Kerala. Kerala is listed as one of the "ten paradises of the world". Its charismatic beauty is truly indescribable. It is standing at the southern end of India with a unique geographical status which is creating a panoramic view on the map of India. The state of Kerala lies between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Kerala is the destinations of all seasons, its geographic beauty and smoothing climate makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions. The major hill stations in Kerala are Munnar, Wayanad, Ponmudi, and Wagamon. The whole mountains are covered by tea plantation. There are numerous waterfalls and dams in the hill stations which increases the beauty of these places. Travelling through the Ghat roads will provide you amazing experience.<p>
Top Attractions to Visit on Kerala
Kerala Alleppey Backwater: <a href=http://www.keralaholidays-india.co.uk/backwaters/index.html>Kerala Backwaters</a> are included among 1001 best attractions of the world. The breathtakingly beautiful backwaters of Kerala can be providing you best houseboat cruise over the serene water of waterways. Waterways, rivers, lakes, canals etc combined together and form amazing views of backwater Kerala. A houseboat trip over the tranquil water is a breathtaking moment which provides you wonderful opportunity to see the amazing charm of nature. It gives you chance to feel the divine beauty of nature. It is the hub of several houseboats and houseboat tour operators. This tour is very famous for its <a href=”http://www.keralaholidays-india.co.uk/houseboat/index.html”>Kerala Houseboat tours</a>. Kerala houseboats are made up of wood, bamboo poles and beautifully decorated with their traditional style. For it they use only eco friendly materials and no single nail is used for it. <p>
Munnar: Munnar is the beautiful hill station of Kerala. It is very famous as “Kashmir of South” among the tourists. Its divine beauty and peaceful environment never fails to impress the heart of the visitors who come from across the world to celebrate their vacation with Munnar. Its immense natural beauty and sightseeing spots makes it different from other hill stations. Musical streams, cascading waterfalls, rich flora and fauna, green carpet of the well organized tea gardens, spice plantation etc. All are scattered on the land of Munnar. Its wonderful charm and beauty and its enigmatic natural beauty fascinate tourists from all over the world. You can visit here Matt petty Lake and Dam, Eravikulam National Park, Nyayamakad, Christ Church, Pallivasal, Echo Point, Sita Devi Lake, Attukal, Devikulam, etc. <p>
Kovalam Beach: Kovalam is famous for its pristine beauty, exciting activities and rich lush green surroundings. Kovalam is one of the finest beach in the world. Here you can easily find breathtaking views of sea. Morning and evening provides you amazing vies of sun rise and sunset views with blue ocean. That is truly unforgettable views of sea. Kovalam is the Kerala busiest beach and also famous for magic ambiance during the moonlights. With the gentle waves, miles of golden sand and groovy coconut trees provide you a real peace from your complicated lifestyle. <p>
Kochi: Kochi is formerly known as Cochin, which is cornered by the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east. Kochi is the Queen of Arabian sea and well known for its finest natural harbors in all over the world. The main tourist attraction of Kochi is visiting this place on the local ferries. Willington Island, Chinese Fishing Nets, Cherai Beach, Paradesi Synagogue, St Francis Church, Mattancherry, Cheeyappara Waterfal these are the top most attraction of kochi. <p>
Apart from all these you can also visit Kerala: Marine Dive, Mattancherry Palace, Thenmala, Ashramam Picnic Village,Napier Museum, Akkulum Tourist Village and many more. <p>
Kerala celebrate all religious and contemporary fairs and festivals in their own way. So here you have good chance to enjoy the beautiful festivals of south India. Onam, Kerala Village Fair, Vishu, Champakkulam Boat Race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Thrissur Pooram, Makaravillakku and Christmas these are the festivals of Kerala which spreads the colors of joy and happiness in the environment of Kerala. The temples of Kerala offer divine bliss which is evident as thousands of devotees. Here you can find thousand off hindu Gods and Goddesses. These temples reflect great architectural and cultural heritage of our glorious past. Some of the major temples date back to times of Mahabharata. If u love to food then Kerala presents a huge variety of traditional Indian and continental foods for their guest. Here you have opportunity to enjoy your taste .Sadya, fish curries , Unakka Kappa Vevichathu (Dry Yuca Cooked), kallu (toddy), Kerala rasam and patta charayam (arrack) are some famous dishes and drinks of Kerala. The market of Kerala represents the wide variety of handicrafts and small items/showpieces worldwide.Vibrant colors, intricate designs and extraordinary service style makes the market unique all over the world. <p>